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Alexandria Police Investigate Sexual Assault Near Van Dorn Street

Incident is not believed to be connected to Holmes Run attacks.

Alexandria police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Van Dorn Street and Courtney Avenue.

A 20-year-old city resident told police she was walking from the intersection of Eisenhower Avenue and Van Dorn Street when she was approached by a man, who displayed a knife and demanded money. The woman told the man she didn’t have any money, according to police reports. 

Police reports said he then grabbed the victim and pulled her over a guardrail and into the bushes, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. The man then ran from the area, heading north toward South Pickett Street, according to police reports. 

The suspect is described as Hispanic; in his late 20s or early 30s; approximately 5-foot-7; and about 150 pounds. He had short black hair and was clean shaven. At the time, he was wearing a dark brown T-shirt, blue jeans, tennis shoes and black-framed glasses.

The victim was not seriously injured.

Detectives do not believe that this incident is related to the prior assaults that occurred in the Holmes Run area. Anyone with information about this incident or who might have been in the area is asked to call the criminal investigations section at 703-746-6711.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Mr. Brown October 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Imagine the courage it takes to get a job and work every day.
Susan_H October 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Way to miss the point Braun!
Amy Curry October 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I am thankful that we have this web site now so that when things happen, we can be aware and know what areas are "problem areas" and we can know what to look for. Hopefully we can start catching these people so this will occur less and less. Thank you to all the City employees/police who are making this possible.
Joe Chandler October 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Unfortunately the only we can stay safe in todays society is through building awareness and building up our since of community. We provide Personal Safety and Self Defense Classes and Seminars at our the Safe & Fit Training Studio located at 4105 Duke Street Suite #201. We also go to train any groups or businesses. Next Saturday October 20 th at 4 PM is the next begging class andthe beginning of a 4 week series! Please contact Joe Chandler 571-527-7757 for small group or private training options.
David October 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
"Crime in Alexandria is still way down from previous years. We're safer than we have ever been." are you kidding me? I am sure most would agree that one rape in a year is too much. Its mindsets like yours that creates an environment for these animals to repeatedly commit crimes and be released from prison. So what is an acceptable level of rape, murder, robbery, and other violent crime? Do we have to wait until we have a crime rate comparable to DC or Chicago before we become outraged? These animals need to be locked away in real prisons (not the country clubs we have today) and left there.

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